The Federal Government has suspended the embattled Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola and his counterpart at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola Oyewole.
A letter signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Hussaini Adamu, noted that the vice-chancellors were suspended in connection with their ongoing trial at the behest of the EFCC.
They were instructed to handover to the most senior Deputy Vice-Chancellors of their institutions.
Attempts to reach the Head, Information Unit of FUTA, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, to confirm the suspension were unsuccessful on Thursday, and a statement by the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, FUNAAB, Mrs. Emi’ Alawode, neither affirmed nor denied the suspension.
“Consultations are in progress with the university administration on the true position of things, while a formal statement will be issued in due course. Meanwhile, all normal academic and administrative activities are ongoing unabated, in the university,’’ she said.
Daramola has a running battle with academic and non-academic members of staff of the university over mismanagement of funds. The unions had also urged the governing council of the university to remove Daramola from office.
Daramola, who had been arraigned by the EFCC, is due for retirement this month. He had denied the allegations levelled against him.